Fed Frenzy Takes Over Markets on Wild Tuesday


Joseph Rangel

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Fed Frenzy Takes Over Markets on Wild Tuesday

Before the stock market officially opened for the day, the S&P 500 futures were stuck in a tight range, unsure of which direction to go. The market seemed to be waiting for something to push it one way or the other. And that’s exactly what happened with the announcement of a speech by Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell. Investors were eager to hear his thoughts on the state of the economy, and the speech provided the spark that the market was looking for.

The market opened with a display of strength from some key technology stocks, such as Microsoft and Apple, which helped the Nasdaq Futures remain strong. Despite weakness in the Dow Jones futures, these tech giants kept the market afloat and provided support around 4,100 on the S&P 500 futures. The strength of these heavily weighted stocks suggests that it will take a lot of effort for the overall market to decline. 

Powell Takes the Stage as Market Consolidates 

As Powell’s remarks continued, the market saw a quick pop higher, with the S&P 500 futures breaking out of the tight range that had been established earlier in the day. The remarks from Powell helped soothe investors’ concerns and provided a bullish outlook for the coming year, giving traders the confidence to take on riskier positions. The Nasdaq Futures continued to lead the charge, helped by the continued strength in technology giants such as Microsoft and Apple. The Dow Jones futures eventually caught up, with the overall market closing with solid gains for the day. 

Pairing these comments together led to an increase in the market as investors gained confidence in market sentiment. If the fear of an unexpected pivot by the Fed diminishes, confidence to continue buying through various conditions. Recently, selling ahead of a possible market-moving event has become the theme, and these comments may cause less of that. Lastly, a decline in inflation would indicate that the Fed is on track with its rate hikes, and an unexpected increase becomes unlikely. 

Powell’s Comments Clear Path Higher 

In the remaining hours of the trading session, the market trended upward following the positive comments from Powell. As more Fed speakers are set to present in the coming days, market participants should remain vigilant, as any unexpected comments from these speakers could quickly alter the market direction. Hence, caution is advisable in such a dynamic and highly sensitive environment.

List of Fed Speakers for Tomorrow 

To start the day, New York Fed President John Williams speaks at 9:15 a.m. Lisa Cook, a Fed Board of Governors member, speaks shortly after at 9:30 a.m. After Lisa, Fed Vice Chairman Michael Barr and Atlanta Fed President Raphael Bostic speak at 10 a.m. After a couple of hour break, Minneapolis Fed President Neel Kashkari speaks at 12:30 a.m. Finally, to wrap the day up, Christopher Waller, a Fed Board of Governors member, speaks at 1:45 p.m. All speeches are listed in Eastern time. 

The Market Skyrockets on Powell’s Comments

The Nasdaq and the S&P 500 were negative to close the session. The S&P 500 futures closed up 1.19%, gaining 48 points, while the Nasdaq futures closed up 1.92%, adding 243 points. The Dow Jones futures followed, closing up 0.72%, an additional 249 points.